Previewing 2017-18 Men’s Basketball: Miami

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Coming off a stunning 46-point performance against Notre Dame, Jerome Robinson will attempt to lead Boston College men’s basketball to an upset victory over another ACC foe, No. 25 Miami. The Eagles (14-10, 4-7 Atlantic Coast) are looking for a big home win to reignite their NCAA tournament hopes while the Hurricanes (18-5, 7-4) look to extend their three-game win streak.

Who is BC playing?

Miami

When is BC playing?

Saturday, February 10, 2 p.m.

Where is BC playing?

Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

How to Watch:

The game will be broadcasted on NESN and available online on WatchESPN.

By the Numbers:

BC:

1) Robinson’s 46 points against Notre Dame were the most scored by an ACC player this season.

2) Ky Bowman is averaging 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game, the only player in the country to average those numbers.

3) The Eagles have two of the the ACC’s top five 3-point shooters in Robinson (47.2 percent) and Jordan Chatman (42.4 percent).

Miami:

1) The Hurricanes have three players averaging over 10 points per game—led by Dewan Huell, who is posting 12.8 points per game on 59.6 percent shooting.

2) Miami boasts the ACC’s third best 3-point field goal defense, holding opposing teams to 31.9 percent shooting from downtown.

3) Miami has the second best road record in the ACC at 6-3, trailing only Virginia in win percentage.

Last Meeting:

The Eagles and Hurricanes last met during the 2016-17 season at Miami’s Watsco Center. After falling behind, 28-13, early in the game, BC put together an impressive rally, eventually closing the deficit to three points with under one minute remaining. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they were unable to complete the comeback, dropping the game, 78-77.

BC wins if…

It limits turnovers. The Eagles are one of the most turnover-prone teams in the ACC, averaging 12.8 per game. Against the Hurricanes, who shoot 47 percent from the field as a team, the Eagles can’t afford to give away possessions if they want to walk away with the upset win.

BC loses if…

Its perimeter defense doesn’t improve. In the Eagles’ last game against Notre Dame, their offense played well enough for BC to grab a road win. The Eagles scored 85 points, shot 49 percent from the floor, and were perfect from the free throw line. On the other end of the court, though, they allowed the Fighting Irish to make 16 triples, many of them open attempts, and shoot 52.5 percent from the field. If BC is unable to limit Miami—and especially Anthony Lawrence, who shoots 49.2 percent from deep—on the outside, the Eagles could be looking at a long day at the office.

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